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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Whales, Wildlife, and Culture, of the Southern Gulf Islands

October-November  •  4-days / 5-nights  •  6 guests

Explore and experience Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and the remarkable marine wilderness of the Salish Sea and Southern Gulf Islands Archipelago. Through interpretive beach and forest walks, marine mammal viewing, sailing, and sea kayaking, you’ll gain first-hand insight into this remarkable region, all while enjoying luxurious accommodation and wonderful meals prepared by our chef featuring local, seasonal foods and wines – a highlight in this wine region.

The unique Mediterranean climate of the Gulf Islands features lush Douglas fir and arbutus forests and pockets of the endangered Gary Oak ecosystem, and is home to more plant species than any other terrestrial ecosystem in British Columbia. The forests here are alive with the calls, croons, and singing of eagles, ravens, and migratory songbirds. The marine wildlife here is equally impressive. Purple starfish, lemon nudibranchs, and giant green anemones colour the rocky shores, and seals and sea lions patrol kelp forests in search of their next meal, and ever vigilant for the transient and Southern Resident killer whales that inhabit these waters. As we sail through this archipelago, pods of porpoises frequently speed over to swim along side or surf our bow wave.

It’s no wonder that Coast Salish First Nations have lived among these islands for thousands of years. Shell middens – mounds of discarded clam and mussel shells and other shellfish, fish bones, and mammal bones – are ubiquitous features of the beaches and forests here, testament to the large numbers of Indigenous people that once thrived among these island ecosystems. In 2003, the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve was established to safeguard large portions of this ecologically and culturally sensitive region.

“Thanks so much for the trip around the Gulf Islands on the Passing Cloud. It was a wonderful experience that I wouldn’t have had without you. The scenery was beautiful, the meals were great and the company was wonderful!”

— LINDA, BC, CANADA

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Excite your taste buds with local food and wines harvested from the surrounding islands.

Encounter whales, porpoises, eagles, ravens, seals, sea lions, shore birds, sea birds, and songbirds.

Explore this island archipelago, with its unique Mediterranean climate, Douglas fir and arbutus forests, endangered Gary Oak ecosystems, and Coast Salish cultural heritage.

Itinerary Overview

This expedition will explore the Southern Gulf Islands while enjoying the tastes of the Salish Sea, and learning of the cultures and wildlife of this remarkable area. Accommodation and transportation among islands are spent aboard the 70’ classic wooden schooner, Passing Cloud. We will anchor at a different anchorage every night and visit as many islands as weather and time permits.

Departs From

Brentwood Bay, BC

Cruise Distances

50 nautical miles (~93 km), or 10 nm (18.5 km)/day

Duration

5 days / 4 nights

Physical Requirements

Moderate

2020 Expedition Dates and Availability

October – November 2020  •  5-days / 4-nights  •  6 guests  •  $2,800 CAD/person

Date

October 22-26

Price

$2,800 CAD

Availability

6 berths

Starts/Ends

Brentwood Bay

Date

October 27-31

Price

$2,800 CAD

Availability

6 berths

Starts/Ends

Brentwood Bay

Date

November 7-11

Price

$2,800 CAD

Availability

SOLD OUT

Starts/Ends

Sidney

NOTES ON PRICING
Our prices are based on double occupancy and charged per person, quoted in Canadian dollars, and subject to 5% Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST). All payments must be made in Canadian dollars, by cheque or credit card. All prices are subject to change without notice.

Check out what our guests have to say about this expedition!

“It is with deep gratitude and respect for you all that we leave our sailing adventure on the Salish Sea. The Passing Cloud is such a beautiful vessel, so lovely cared for. We had great wildlife sightings with many photo opportunities to capture the beauty of this area. Thank you, Russ, and Joel, for sharing your knowledge and passion and Graham for sharing your expertise in the galley! We had a wonderful time — Thank you!”

Allan and Geri , AB, CANADA

“I’ve searched the globe for authentic trips to build inspiration, appreciation, and a sense that we are all connected. Outer Shores and Passing Cloud gave this to our family. ”

— Melissa, BC, CANADA

“A super trip! Four days was just not long enough which means I’ll have to come again!I had a great time kayaking and sailing!”

— Ngaire, BC, CANADA

“Thanks so much for the trip around the Gulf Islands on the Passing Cloud. It was a wonderful experience that I wouldn’t have had without you. The scenery was beautiful, the meals were great and the company was wonderful!”

— Linda, BC, CANADA

“You’ve made the right decision and we are all the better for it. Had a great time.”

— Terry, CA, USA

“Russell, most inspirational time, it has meant a lot to our family.”

— Roger, CA, USA

Preparing for your visit to the Southern Gulf Islands

Explore and Experience the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and the remarkable marine wilderness of the Salish Sea and Southern Gulf Islands Archipelago. Learn about the emerging wine growing region and the diverse agriculture of the Southern Gulf Islands. With easy accessibility from Victoria, Vancouver, and Seattle there is much to take in from the surrounding areas before, during, and after your time onboard the Passing Cloud.

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